The Post-Medium Condition

Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

Course Description

  • Course Name

    The Post-Medium Condition

  • Host University

    Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam

  • Location

    Amsterdam, The Netherlands

  • Area of Study

    Art History, Media Studies

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Academic English

    Hours & Credits

  • ECTS Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    After having followed this course, the

    1. has demonstrable knowledge of and insight in major developments in contemporary art and media.
    2. has demonstrable knowledge of and insight in research methods and the theoretical framework to analyze lens-based, time-based, interactive, and digital art and media.
    3. is able to conduct case studies of lens-based, time-based, interactive, and digital art and media using the appropriate methods and terms, and situate them in Western visual and material culture.
    4. is able to write a research paper on an individual topic, based on identifying and synthesizing relevant academic literature.

    This course focuses on the development of photography, video, and digital media from the 1960s on, with a focus on artistic use and
    reflection of these media. A theoretical focus will be the concept of the post-medium condition, introduced by Rosalind Krauss in the 1970.
    She argues that art and media have moved away from the modernist paradigm of media specificity, toward a situation in which different
    media are combined and merged.

    Lectures, Seminars

    Active participation (15%, Learning objectives 1,2).
    Presentations (15%, learning objectives 2, 3,).
    Final paper: (70%, Learning objectives 2, 3, 4).
    Students must pass the final paper to pass the course.


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